Ohio News Briefs

High demand for private jets to get perfect view of eclipse

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A private jet operator based in Ohio is preparing for one of its busiest days of the year because so many people want to get a perfect view of Monday’s solar eclipse.

Columbus-based NetJets says Jackson, Wyoming, appears to be the most popular destination for eclipse watchers along with Grand Island, Nebraska.

A NetJets spokeswoman tells The Columbus Dispatch they’ll be giving out eclipse-viewing glasses and that some passengers have asked for Moon Pies and Eclipse gum.

The company is owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and is the nation’s largest operator of private jets.

The company says demand for private jets to see the eclipse is shaping up to be right there with the always busy travel dates around Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Flying field to display resolution defending Wrights’ flight

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio lawmaker has given a framed copy of his resolution rejecting Connecticut’s claim that another aviator beat the Wright brothers as first in flight to an aviation history organization.

State Rep. Rick Perales of Beavercreek presented the National Aviation Heritage Alliance with the gift Friday. It will be displayed at the Huffman Prairie Flying Field near Dayton where residents Orville and Wilbur Wright perfected the airplane.

Perales’ action came just days after Connecticut held a ceremony for rival aviator Gustave Whitehead, who a 2013 state law contends flew the “first manned, controlled flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft” on Aug. 14, 1901. That’s two years before the Wrights’ historic 1903 flight off Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Ohio and North Carolina officials, and many aviation historians, contest Connecticut’s claim.

Speed boat, pontoon crash leaves 1 dead on Ohio River

ABERDEEN, Ohio (AP) — A crash between a speed boat and a pontoon on the Ohio River has left one man dead east of Cincinnati.

Authorities say the crash happened Saturday afternoon near a bridge that connects Maysville, Kentucky with Aberdeen, Ohio.

The cause of the crash isn’t known.

Maysville police say a 52-year-old man was thrown out of the speed boat. Searchers using sonar found his body several hours later.

The victim was identified as Ronnie Parker, of Felicity, Ohio.

Cleveland to hosts largest convention of beer collectibles

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Collectors are expected to pour into Cleveland over the coming week for the world’s largest show of beer paraphernalia.

More than 500 collectors from 37 states and 13 countries will attend the three-day CANvention beginning on Thursday.

CANvention includes a variety of beer collectibles, including cans, signs, mirrors, coasters, labels, lithographs and postcards.

Richard La Susa is a Brewery Collectibles Club of America member from the Phoenix, Arizona, area.

La Susa tells the Akron Beacon Journal there’s no show like the convention anywhere.

La Susa says collectibles can run in price from 25 cents to $40,000.

The 47th annual convention is limited to members for its first two days but the public can attend for a $10 ticket on Saturday.